Second Annual Employee Volunteer Day Harvests Good Works
Proving that many hands do indeed make light–and fun–work, more than 150 Belmont faculty and staff teamed together to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit that works to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee. Belmont’s annual faculty/staff service project, which the University dubbed “It’s Bruin Time in the Community,” began in 2014 with employees spending a morning painting at Hunters Lane High School.
This year, with Vision 2020 ideals in mind, Belmont employees registered to serve during one of two three-hour shifts as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to be “‘Nashville’s University’, aligning Belmont’s vision and resources with the ever-changing needs of the people in our community. Divided into two teams upon arrival at Second Harvest’s Martin Distribution Center, one group was tasked with sorting enormous cartons of sweet potatoes into 5 lb bags, which would be weighed for accuracy and packed for shipping to food pantries and churches. A second group of faculty and staff members donned jackets and gloves and entered into a 40 degree refrigeration room to sort frozen meat and other products for packing and shipping.
Between the morning and afternoon shifts, Belmont employees sorted more than 15,000 lbs. of frozen foods and 30,000 lbs. of sweet potatoes for packing and delivery.